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After two centuries Adam Smith remains a genus in the history of economic thought Smith is known primarily for a single work The Wealth of Nations the first proposed system of a political economy Smith is properly regarded as a social philosopher His life and The Wealth of Nations is not just a part of economics but a facilitator of historical evolutionUnfortunately much more is known about Smiths ideas than his life Though the exact date of his birth is unknown he was baptized on June 5 1723 in Kikcaldy a small town Smiths childhood is rather unknown besides the fact that he received his elementary schooling in Kirkcaldy By the age of four years he was said to have been carried off by gypsies Adam was eventually abandoned by his captors At the age of fourteen in 1737 Smith entered the University of Glasgow at the time of the Scottish Enlightenment Graduating in 1740 Smith won a scholarship the Snell Exhibition and traveled on horseback to Oxford where he stayed at Balliol College Compared to the stimulating atmosphere of Glasgow Oxford was less moving His years there were spent largely in self-education from which Smith obtained a firm grasp of both classical and contemporary philosophyReturning to his home after six years Smith looked for employment He gave public lectures in Edinburgh The lectures which ranged over a wide variety of subjects from rhetoric history and economics made an impression on some of Smiths notable historical figures They also had a marked influence on Smiths own career in 1751 at the age of 27 he was appointed professor of logic at Glasgow Then he changed to the more lucrative professorship of moral philosophy a subject that embraced the related fields of natural theology ethics and political economy At Glasgow Smith entered a period of extraordinary creativity combined with a social and intellectual life he described as by far the happiest and most honorable period of
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